For the Hotchkiss baseball program, the arrow is pointing in the right direction.
The varsity program’s overall record has improved each of the last four years, and head coach Tyler Wosleger said he hoped for continued improvement going forward.
“I was really looking forward to coaching this season,” said Wosleger. “We were hoping to get to double-digit wins, get over the hump, and never look back.”
Wosleger pointed to improvements in culture and chemistry as two of the biggest ingredients in the team’s turnaround. “The focus on baseball in the off-season was as strong as it’s ever been,” said Wosleger.
Next season, the team should return considerable strength up the middle, including standouts Carlos Martinez, Nuno Parache, Ethan Vashel, and A.J. Zaccareo, said Wosleger. The roster also includes four lower mids who could make meaningful contributions, he added.
Although they were not able to play their regular season, one highlight for this year’s roster was its Spring Break trip to Florida. The team won each of its preseason games, including a gritty final victory over Millbrook.
Knowing that it could potentially be the last game for the squad, it was a special moment to have all of this year’s seniors on the field for the final three outs, said Wosleger.
Despite being separated by distance, the team is still working together on a variety of team-building activities. One of the highlights thus far was an extensive seminar with renowned performance specialist Brian Cain.
“Our guys got a ton out of that, how the mental side of things affects performance, whether it’s on the baseball field or in their day-to-day life,” said Wosleger.
Looking forward, the program hopes to add more depth, particularly in the younger grades, and particularly on the mound. Wosleger said he hoped to revitalize the JV baseball program by bolstering the rosters with more preps and lower mids.